There’s nothing easy about taking a college final nor giving birth, so dealing with both at the same time is far from a walk in the park. But Nayzia Thomas is too focused to let either get in her way of her receiving a college degree.
Thomas, a college sophomore, recently posted a photo of herself finishing up her finals in an unusual place, a hospital bed. At the time she was in labor.
Thomas currently studies psychology at Johnson County Community College in Kansas City, Missouri.
bomb expecting mom to Anthony J., full-time college student, AND 3 job shawty/interning attorney as well… so you were saying? 💁🏾 pic.twitter.com/KLeulf5klA
— nayzia' (@naydxll) July 8, 2017
The sophomore told Yahoo Lifestyle that she learned she was pregnant while attending summer classes and working three jobs.
“I didn’t want [the pregnancy] to be in the way,” she said. “That’s what people expect. You’re a teen mom, you’re a young mother.”
Her attitude towards her education is far from any stereotype of a teen mom and that’s why her own mother snapped the picture.
The college student went into labor earlier than anticipated, but still wanted to finish her finals.
my mom took this pic & it's the perfect explanation of my life. yes i'm about to have a baby, but final SZN ain't over yet 🤓📚 pic.twitter.com/7LyrDBE9iN
— nayzia' (@naydxll) December 12, 2017
Thomas continued to attend classes for as long as she could, until she was 39 weeks pregnant, and planned to finish all of her finals before her baby was born. Unfortunately her newborn had other plans and she went into labor earlier than she anticipated.
“[I thought] ‘before all this gets crazy let me hurry up and finish this final,'” she told Yahoo Lifestyle.
Not long after she shared the photo of herself, she gave birth to a son.
update: on 12/12/17 we had a healthy baby boy. However, I experienced major blood loss & my body went into shock post-delivery. It was very scary, but his father was right there to take over when I went unconscious. We are blessed! AND I'm finishing the semester w/ a 3.5 GPA!💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/CLFGjf3hLD
— nayzia' (@naydxll) December 14, 2017
While she did suffer some complications after she gave birth—she has since recovered and is home with her new baby—she aced her fall semester.
She shared on Twitter that she finished the semester with a 3.5 GPA.
Now that her son is born she doesn’t plan on focusing all of her attention on him.
— regina george (@kiiirstent) December 13, 2017
Thomas told Yahoo Lifestyle that while she does plan to take a break from studying during her school’s winter break, as soon as the spring semester begins, it’s back to school. She plans on taking 15 credits, as well as working, but she’s not worried. She has plenty of support from her mother and boyfriend.
“My mom was a single mom,” she said. “We’re all three in school and getting our degrees.”